Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Look for Finishing Move; A Win Won't Make Their Year, but It Would Satisfy the Need to Get Better

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jaguars Look for Finishing Move; A Win Won't Make Their Year, but It Would Satisfy the Need to Get Better

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Byline: Hays Carlyon

There isn't much difference between a season that finishes 3-13 or 4-12.

It's forgettable either way.

Luckily for Jaguars coach Gus Bradley, that doesn't appear to be the mindset of his team heading into Sunday's regular-season finale at Houston. The Jaguars (3-12) reported back to work on Monday after getting an extra three days of rest after defeating Tennessee 21-13 on Thursday.

"You don't want to be naive," Bradley said. "I don't believe that's our team's character or our makeup. How they come out and practice, they're already in watching tape and doing things like that. That's not been our character, but I also know that we need to provide direction for our guys as well."

There is an extra bonus for the Jaguars. Not only did Houston (8-7) defeat the Jaguars 27-13 on Dec. 7, but the Texans are still alive in the playoff race. However, any hope Houston has is contingent on beating its AFC South rival a second time.

"That would be even sweeter," Jaguars defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks said. "It makes it that much better, because we're in the same division - we can say, 'Hey, we're not going and we don't want you to go, either.' ... The challenge is to show your true character - go out, continue to play, continue to play hard. It's our job to go out and play this game."

The Jaguars are pointing to 2015 being the year they are able to contend for a playoff spot. Beating two divisional foes to close the season would provide a needed dose of momentum for the young roster.

"We're building something here and trying to run the South," Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith said. "It's got to start now. Last week, we had a good win and now we've got to keep going. We always want to eat. We always want to leave our heart out there and that's what I'm going to do."

The Jaguars held a 13-10 halftime lead against Houston, but managed 73 yards in five second-half possessions.a

The Texans have won three of their last four games and are coming off an impressive 25-13 win over Baltimore on Sunday.

Houston defensive end J.J. Watt will try and cap his MVP-caliber season with another strong outing. …

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